Tatiana Dokuchic
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Location: Ottawa, ON
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Hooked on Graphics


By Tatiana Dokuchic, 2019-12-12
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It's no secret that one of my greatest pleasures in Second Life is creating and out of all the ways you can create graphic design is really what I love the most.  I'm seldom happier than when I'm researching and putting together something as simple as labels for virtual jars of jam or honey.

I have spent many happy hours "down the rabbit hole" searching for inspiration as my ever-expanding Pinterest sections, such as Graphic Design-Labels , can attest.  I'm also inspired by my creative Second Life friends who share the same passion and produce their own mini-masterpieces on a regular basis.

It took me a number of weeks to come up with the labels pictured above, much of that time spent drooling over Redouté engravings and other examples of ephemera.  If I'm not careful I find that pixel editing can become a bit of an obsession.

I'm also delighted when Second Life intersects Real Life in an almost whimsical fashion. Some weeks after creating my own label for the Queen's Hamlet honey the Chateau of Versailles released the following Miel de Trianon on their Facebook page.


"The honey of Trianon, available for the first time on the online shop of the Palace of Versailles! Produced by the beehives of the Queen’s Vegetable Garden as part of an ecological approach. With delicate flavours of lime, summer flowers and chestnut."


Life is sweet!


Please feel free to share some of your favourite graphic creations here for us all to enjoy.


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enChanted Easter Notes


By Tatiana Dokuchic, 2017-04-14
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Easter has given me an excuse to enjoy some "illumination" which I'm delighted to share with you.






These pages are from a 17th century Antiphonary  created by the "ateliers de l'htel des Invalides", Paris.






Think of soothing Gregorian chants while you look at them; relax &immerse yourself inthe marvelous details.




Happy Easter ~ Happy Spring


See my original post at Tatiana's Tea Room: enChanted Easter Notes .

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Vermeer: View of Delft


By Tatiana Dokuchic, 2016-11-11
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"Although there exists a plethora of Dutch 17th-century cityscapes, none are able to transport the viewer back in time and convey the material sense of water, air, brick and mortar as much as Vermeer's View of Delft .  When we stand in front of this picture it is almost as if we had been projected in a time capsule to the southern ramparts of Delft's city gates in the early 1660's"


Which is exactly why I picked this Vermeer masterpiece as the banner for Living History via Virtual Worlds .  What a wonderful way to provide some amazing atmosphere for a social network dedicated to historical adventurers!  Imagine yourself  talking to those people on the river bank, exploring the city, or boarding a ship for destinations unknown.

Chasing Judith ~ Finding Caravaggio


By Tatiana Dokuchic, 2015-11-03
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I didn't know her name so I thought of her as "The Woman in Orange". With her striking attire & direct gaze, she seemed familiar; someone I really should have recognized. Nevertheless Judith lead me on a delightful chase before revealing her secrets.


I first glimpsed her in a photo of the hallway of the Princess Margaret Oakville Showhome 2015 . I thought she was stunning. Imagine having a home where she is one of the first things you see coming through the door.

Unlikely to happen for me in real life but more than feasible in Second Life!

French Ephemera: Prêt à Papier


By Tatiana Dokuchic, 2013-07-13

A Paper "Pompadour"



It's no secret that I love this dress.I've blogged aboutit in Fabulous Fashion and I've wornthe virtual versionin Second Life, so you can imagine my delight to find this paper version looking out at me from the pages of Victoria Magazine .


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That's correct, it's a paper re-creation of the dress worn by Madame de Pompadour in the painting by Franois Boucher ! Talk about fabulous!!



The artist behind this stunning piece of ephemera is Isabelle de Borchgrave and she didn't stop at the Pompadour but continues to create whole collections of couture inspired by famous paintings, grand couturiers and museum costumes.


Robe la Franais Panier

Read more at French Ephemera: Prt Papier

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The Remarkable Redouté


By Tatiana Dokuchic, 2010-09-30

Nicknamed "The Raphael of flowers", Pierre-Joseph Redout (1759-1840) was an artist entranced by the beauty of nature. Born to a family of painters, Redout began his career as a religious artist, travelling around Europe decorating various churches. Eventually he made his way to Paris, concentrating his talents on botanical illustration. His beautiful renditions of roses, lilies and other "specimens" elevated work of scientific accuracy and classifications to the realm of magnificent art which is still enjoyed today.



Redout became an official court artist and the personal art teacher of Marie Antoinette, painting the gardens of Le Petit Trianon. In 1798, Empress Josephine became his patron and the gardens of her beloved Malmaison one of his subjects.

A designer for the French Academy of Sciences as well as the Professor of Plant Iconography at the Royal Gardens, Redout lived a long and active life.

I've always had bits of Redoute's work gracing my RL home and so I was delighted to learned of their connection to Marie Antoinette and the court of France. With the long Canadian winter approaching I know that I will be turning my eyes to his wonderful roses as a promise of the summer to come.


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